Autism and Social Security BenefitsAutism and Social Security Benefits

Autism is a developmental disorder than can have a vast array of effects on processes like motor skills, speech, language, communication and social skills. As one of several types of autism spectrum disorders, autism affects individuals with a wide range of intelligence levels, including people with degrees of mental retardation as well as people with genius-level intelligence. Autism is usually diagnosed in childhood, and the intensity or effects of the condition vary by patient. A small number of individuals with autism will experience extreme aptitude with savant skills (calculating, memorizing, musical talent and others)

While the range of total effects will vary, most autistic people will have the following symptoms in common:

  • Impaired social interaction
  • Underdeveloped communication skills
  • Behavioral obsessions

Some people diagnosed with autism are able to carry on an independent life, but most will need some type of assistance. The following effects may also be present in autistic individuals:

  • Unresponsiveness
  • Withdrawal/ indifference
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Difficulty interpreting behavior of others (problems reading vocal tones, facial expressions or mood)
  • Lack of empathy
  • Failure to exhibit appropriate nonverbal communication
  • Lack of interest
  • Trouble establishing friendships
  • Speech disorders/muteness
  • Problems starting or carrying a conversation
  • Repetitive use of language
  • Singular focus/obsessive behavior
  • Increased risk of depression, epilepsy, and anxiety disorders
  • Preoccupation with certain topics
  • Stress when deviating from routines, structure and familiar scenes
  • Stereotyped behaviors, such as body rocking
  • Unusual sensory perception

Many researchers believe autism is caused by a combination of factors. Risk factors for autism may include genetic errors (inherited or spontaneous), environmental factors including viral infections and pollutions, labor and delivery complications, brain damage, and exposure to mercury.

Autism Treatments

Because autism affects an individual’s ability to communicate and interact, a combination of therapies is often recommended. Treatments may include the following therapies:

  • Behavioral skills training
  • Communication
  • Speech and language
  • Education
  • Creative
  • Diet
  • Medication

To find our more about autism, please visit the National Autism Association. A disability does not have to mean financial hardship. If your family is affected by autism, The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help you learn more about your right to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. To set up a free review of your case, contact our Social Security disability lawyers today.

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